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Yes! You can play jazz on a ukulele!!!

All available lessons tagged with the subject of Jazz.

Altered Seventh Chords on `Ukulele • Updated: Apr 4, 2014

Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords. There are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. You can then create more advanced chords like 9#117#5-913b57+9 on the fly as needed from your core set of chords.

Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles.

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

Exploring Jazz ``Ukulele • Updated: Jun 24, 2009

Wikipedia defines Jazz as a musical art form which originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions. The style's West African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation, and the swung note.

Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele • Updated: Apr 3, 2020

The six essential scales are: Blues, Major Pentatonic, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian. From the six essential scales, you can get through a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music.

A scale is simply a collection of pitches or notes, not really a "this is a Jazz scale", "this is a Blues" or "this is a Rock scale". It's how a scale is used that really matters not its name.

Most music starts with a scale. The melody, chords, licks and riffs all can be related back to a particular scale or scales.

Diminished Scale for `Ukulele - C Tuning • Updated: Jan 4, 2016

The Diminished Scale scale is a symmetrical scale with a repeating pattern of whole steps and half steps. You only need three Diminished scales to cover all 15 keys.

  • C D Eb F Gb A Bbb Cb C'

  • Db Eb Fb G Abb Bbb Cbb Db'

  • D E F G Ab Bb Cb Db D'

Based on the major scale the Diminished Scale contains the following scale degrees: 1 2 b3 4 b5 6 bb7 b8 8

The theoretically correct spelling of the Diminished scale with the double flats (bb) are shown. However enharmonic note names can be used too make it a little easier to remember. Or simply use the repeating whole step and half step pattern.

Whole Tone Scale for `Ukulele - C Tuning • Updated: Jan 2, 2005

The Whole Tone scale is a symmetrical scale with an equal distance been each note or scale degree.

Upper Partial Chord Tones • Updated: Feb 3, 2017

Upper Partials or extensions are the 9th, 11th, and 13ths of a chord. The 9, 11 and 13 can be altered chord tones depending on the type: examples b9, #9, #11, b13.

These numbers, the 9, 11 and 13 refer to the scale tone/chord tone relative to the major scale used for building all chords.

What is the different between a Scale and a Mode? • Updated: Apr 6, 2020

The term scale and mode are used interchangeably, and in a strict theory sense, there is a big difference between a scale and a mode or modal scale. They are NOT the same, even if they are the same notes. A scale and mode can contain the same notes.

Classic Endings for `Ukulele • Updated: Mar 16, 2020

Two Feel, bVImaj7 bIImaj7, Basie Ending, Single, Double and Triple Tags, Chromatic, Take 'A' Train Ending, Shave and a Hair Cut, Lawrence Welk Ending. These are common classic songs ending that are used over and over in the standard song repertoire.

Exploring Improvisation on `Ukulele Using Tetrachords • Updated: Jan 12, 2014

Traditionally, a tetrachord is a series of four tones filling in the interval of a perfect fourth. In modern usage a tetrachord is any four-note segment of a scale or tone row including the augmented fourth (+4). The term tetrachord derives from ancient Greek music theory, it literally means four strings.

A Tetrachord of tetrascale approaches improvisation utilizing this smaller module of four notes vs. a more traditional scale approach. This smaller module becomes a bit more manageable.

Creating Introductions and Turnarounds for `Ukulele • Updated: Mar 20, 2020

Introductions are a composed or improvised pieces of music that introduce - sets the stage for - a song or composition. Introductions, or intro for short, are used in all types of music. In this lesson, the focus is on introductions in contemporary pop, rock, blues, country, folk and jazz styles. Intros can be various lengths but are typically four measures long and mainly harmonic in nature, using chords only. Single notes and intervals can be added for melodic color.

Alternate Fingerings for F7 • Updated: Jan 19, 2014

Alternate fingerings for F7 in C tuning. The same fingerings would apply to C7 in G tuning and G7 in D tuning.

The Harmonized Major and Minor Scale Charts • Updated: Sep 5, 2011

The Major Scale or Ionian scale is a diatonic scale, made up of seven distinct notes, plus an eighth which duplicates the first one octave higher. In solfege these notes correspond to the syllables “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti/Si, (Do)”, the “Do” in the parenthesis at the end being the octave of the root.

Transposing Individual `Ukulele Chords • Updated: Jun 15, 2019

Transposition is the process of moving a note, chord, scale or any musical passage from one key to another key. All music can be transposed, from a single note to a complex musical score. This lesson deals with transposing chords on ukulele and transposing chords.

Practice Cycles and Sequences • Updated: Mar 27, 2017

Sequences and cycles for practicing scales, intervals, melodic sequences and arpeggios.

These sequences also help in learning where any interval is of a given note, the chord tones of chords and aides in memorizing scales.

Exploring Core Chords on Guitar using Strings 1 2 3 4 and C Blues • Updated: Jan 2, 2005

Using chord Voice Leading principles we will explore all 4 voicings of core seventh chords using string family 1 2 3 4 chords.

Naming Chords on `Ukulele • Updated: Jun 15, 2018

A Chord can have alternate names based on how it is being used. A chord's function is an important determining factor in naming a chord.

So unless you know the harmonic function of a given chord, you might not be able to accurately name it.

Creating Cool `Ukulele Chords • Updated: Mar 13, 2015

Cool Chords - These are the chords do not typically show up in chord dictionaries or song books. These are the chords players ask, "What is that chord?"

Cool `Ukulele Chords - G7 • Updated: Mar 13, 2015

A non-traditional fingering for the G7 chord using the knowledge that the notes of a G7 chord are G B D F.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 4th Voicing • Updated: Feb 2, 2020

Taking a movable F7 chord, you can derive each of the Big Six essential chords. 7, maj7, m7, m7b5, dim7, and aug7 from that voicing.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 3rd Voicing • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Taking a movable F7 chord, you can derive each of the Big Six essential chords. 7, maj7, m7, m7b5, dim7, and aug7 from that voicing.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 1st Voicing • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Taking a movable F7 chord, you can derive each of the Big Six essential chords. 7, maj7, m7, m7b5, dim7, and aug7 from that voicing.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 2nd Voicing • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Taking a movable F7 chord, you can derive each of the Big Six essential chords. 7, maj7, m7, m7b5, dim7, and aug7 from that voicing.

Essential Jazz Scales for `Ukulele • Updated: Apr 6, 2020

After you mastering the six essentials scales below and start to explore more advanced styles of music, especially jazz. There are a few more scales that are needed to cover the broader harmonic palette that a typical jazz tune draws from.

The Big Six Core Chords - F6, Four Voicings • Updated: Jun 30, 2014

Level II of The Big Six Core Chords F6, four voicings. This is the level II of the core chords.

The F6 is a 1 3 5 6 of the major scale, based on the root of the chord.

A major 6th chord can be derived either from a seventh or major seventh chord. From a seventh chord lower the flat seventh one fret. From a major seventh chord lower the natural seventh two frets.

Exploring Jazz Chords on `Ukulele, Standard Example - All of Me • Updated: Apr 9, 2019

Using the jazz standard ** All of Me** to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on `Ukulele, Standard Example - All of Me • Updated: Apr 9, 2019

Using the jazz standard All of Me to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on `Ukulele, Standard Example - Autumn Leaves • Updated: Oct 24, 2017

Using the jazz standard Autumn Leaves to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - All the Things You Are • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard All the Things You Are to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - The Days of Wine and Roses • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard The Days of Wine and Roses to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - There Will Never Be Another You • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard There Will Never Be Another You to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Back Home in Indiana • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard Back Home in Indiana to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Someday My Prince Will Come • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard Someday My Prince Will Come to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Have You Met Miss Jones • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard Have You Met Miss Jones to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Summer Samba • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard Summer Samba to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Sweet Georgia Brown • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard Sweet Georgia Brown to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Sweet Georgia Brown • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

A variation of the previous lessons using the jazz standard Sweet Georgia Brown to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Yesterday • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard Yesterday to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - It's Only a Paper Moon • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard It's Only a Paper Moon to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Take the A Train • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard Take the A Train to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Satin Doll • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard Satin Doll to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Satin Doll • Updated: Mar 14, 2013

Using the jazz standard Satin Doll to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

A lot of the songs from the Great American Songbook have found their way into the jazz musician's and ukulele players repertoire and are a great source of more advanced chords and progressions.

This lesson presents one way to play through the this classic standard using more advanced 4-part chords, commonly called jazz chords.

The Big Six Core Chords - Fm6, Four Vocings • Updated: Feb 9, 2016

Level II of The Big Six Core Chords - Fm6, four voicings.

The Fm7 is a 1 b3 5 6 of the major scale, based on the root of the chord.

4-Part Movable 7th Chord Forms • Updated: Apr 2, 2013

Based on the open position seventh chords. These movable form versions allow you to transpose the open position chords to any key.

The Down-loadable PDF file includes a ukulele fingerboard chart for C tuning.

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings, Chord Intervals • Updated: May 15, 2019

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings. Learning the locations of the chord intervals - the 1 3 5 b7.

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings - Chord Tones • Updated: Sep 27, 2019

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings. Learning the locations of the chord tones - the actual names of the 1 3 5 b7.

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, Four Voicings, Learning Process • Updated: Jun 12, 2015

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings. From shape to chord tones to intervals and back again. Really, learning what a chord is made of.

Core Chords for Ukulele - Diminished Major Seventh, Four Voicings • Updated: Sep 23, 2013

A rare chord, a diminished triad with a major seventh. Used the support the melody when the melody is the major seventh.

4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords • Updated: Nov 17, 2014

Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles.

Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords. There are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. Then you can create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.

Dominant Seventh Chords? • Updated: Feb 10, 2020

Not all seventh chords are actually "dominant" seventh chords. This lesson covers when is a Dominant Seventh Chord NOT truly a Dominant seventh?

Core Chords - Building a Solid Foundation of Contemporary Chords • Updated: Nov 11, 2013

Core Chords are a concept that I typically apply to 4-part chords and your more contemporary modern chords. This where a solid foundation of a core set of chords really help in learning the massive amount of chords that are required for play contemporary music or jazz on ukulele or guitar. Not such a task on ukulele with on one four string set of strings to build your 4-part chords vs. the theoretically possible 15 sets available for guitar.

Tetrachords: Lydian (1 2 3 #4) • Updated: Jan 12, 2014

Traditionally, a tetrachord is a series of four tones filling in the interval of a perfect fourth. In modern usage a tetrachord is any four-note segment of a scale or tone row including the augmented fourth (+4). The term tetrachord derives from ancient Greek music theory, it literally means four strings.

Building a Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for `Ukulele • Updated: Oct 12, 2015

Commonly called jazz chords, these more sophisticated, contemporary chord voicings find their way into a wide variety of music forms and styles. This lesson is the first on the series that builds your core foundation for these chords. This is an expanded and improved version of my Building A Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for Ukulele workshop that I've presented several times at various ukulele festivals over the past several years.

Secondary Dominant V of ... • Updated: Dec 17, 2019

A Secondary Dominant chord is defined as any seventh chord built on a scale root that is not diatonic to the key that resolves up a perfect fourth or down a perfect fifth to a full diatonic chord. These chords function as a dominant (V) chord to the next chord, serving to temporarily tonicize the following chord.

The Big Six Core Chords - Level I • Updated: May 15, 2019

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

The Big Six Core Chords - Fmaj7, Four Voicings • Updated: Jan 4, 2016

The Big Six Core Chords, Level I - Fmaj7, four voicings. Fmaj7 is a 1 3 5 7 of the major scale, based on the root of the chord.

These are the four Fmaj7 chord voicings that will be used for deriving other major seventh derived chords. There are far too many chord shapes to memorize thousands of shapes.

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